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Why Ryan won't be contagious

1/21/2010

Could Rex Ryan be contagious?

I’d like to send you to this post by Newsday’s blogger Neil Best where he discusses the idea that Ryan’s candor and say-anything attitude could be catchy in the NFL.

But it’s behind the paper/web site's new pay wall.

I’m guessing they’d be OK with me teasing it.

“[Ryan’s] taken fear out of the equation,” CBS’ Jim Nantz said. “He really doesn’t care what he says… It’s going to be interesting to see if this does create a new atmosphere.”

It’s a wonderful dream, but in my opinion it would take several ingredients for Ryan’s approach to overtake the more popular, reserved and less informative approach that is more prevalent now:

  1. Multiple Super Bowl wins a la Bill Belichick and Bill Polian, two architects with long-term success never categorized as outspoken or regarded as big-time sharers.

  2. Sufficient disciples and copycats.

While I wish it wasn't so, I’m prone to buy into an idea I heard Dan Dakich express on the radio in Indianapolis this week: while loose and fun is highly entertaining during the week, time has shown it to be a less successful formula in the modern NFL, and sports in general, than serious and buttoned up.

Ryan's bravado had a very narrow lead in this poll pitting it against Jim Caldwell's quiet confidence when I posted this.